In 2006 Charles "Chuck" Haines commenced a new stage in his life, gathering a group of investors to open Williamsburg Alewerks LLC. Inspired by time spent in Europe, Chuck aimed to share his passion for authentic, craft brewed ales with his friends in Virginia. Though not that far in the past, the scene was not nearly as friendly to craft breweries as it is now. Alewerks survived a challenging marketplace thanks to Chuck's tenacity and eye for talent. Too often queried, "What is Williamsburg Alewerks?" the more descriptive moniker "Alewerks Brewing Company" was adopted.